Adele has been a youth services librarian for 25 years and a mother to a daughter from China for 20 years.
The Year of the Ox in the Chinese Zodiac
In this article, you will find six printable pages that will help children learn about the Year of the Ox. Below, I describe all the pages briefly and provide you with pictures of what they look like. After the descriptions, you will find a link to the printable pages. Just click on the link, and you will be taken to a .pdf document that includes all of the sheets. If you’d only like certain pages, be sure to instruct your printer to print only those pages.
I also have other articles with links to more activities, including lanterns, coloring pages, bookmarks, and lucky red envelopes. Just search the internet for “Adele Jeunette” and “Year of the Ox” and you should find all of the articles I’ve published.
1. Drawing Sheet
This page includes the phrase “Happy New Year!” in English, Chinese, and pinyin, which is a system that was developed to show us how the Chinese characters are pronounced. You can also learn how to pronounce "Happy New Year" in Mandarin by watching this video.
2. Coloring Page and Word Trace #1
This sheet has two things that the children can trace to get a sense of how the words are constructed. The character for “ox” in Chinese is on the right-hand side. The letters for “ox” occur at the bottom. Once the child has traced the letters, they can try their hand at writing the word “ox” at the bottom.
3. Coloring Page and Word Trace #2
This sheet also has a picture of an ox to color along with the word “ox” in Chinese and English to trace.
4. Tracing Page With English and Chinese Words for “Ox”
This sheet provides even more practice for tracing the two ways of writing the word “ox.”
5. Character and Word Page
This page simply has the word “ox” written several times in both English and Chinese. You can print the page and then cut the characters out and paste them onto drawing or pictures.
6. Information Page
This page lists the years that are named for the ox and which animals the Chinese chose to represent the years. It names some of the characteristics that people born in the Year of the Ox are thought to have and lists some of the careers recommended for them. It also has a picture of an ox in papercut style and a sample of what the word “ox” looks like in Chinese.
Link for Printable Pages
Visit Printable Children’s Activity Sheets for Chinese Zodiac Year of the Ox to print out the activity sheets shown above. Remember that if you only want to choose certain pages to print, you can select those pages through your printer settings.
More About the Year of the Ox
The year of the ox is the second year in the Chinese zodiac, and every 12th year is named for this hard-working animal. The years of the zodiac go in this order: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
People born in the year of the ox are thought to be honest, persistent, and earnest. They think before speaking, are logical, and make good leaders. They do have some personality drawbacks as well; at times, they can seem too quiet or stubborn.
Here are some of the years designated as Years of the Ox:
Keep in mind that because these years are calculated according to a lunar calendar, the first day of the new year changes each year. For instance, if a baby born in 2021 is born before February 12th, that child will have been born in the previous zodiac year, the Year of the Rat. If they are born on or after February 12th, they will have been born in the Year of the Ox.
Recommended occupations for oxen include teacher, doctor, lawyer, technician, and office clerk. Oxen are most compatible with rats, snakes, and roosters. They often clash with goats, horses and dogs. The ox’s lucky colors are blue, yellow, and green; their lucky numbers are one and four. They have lucky flowers, as well—lily of the valley and lucky bamboo.
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